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Maryland mother accused of killing kids

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Maryland mother is accused of suffocating her two children, aged 1 and 3

Police found plastic bags near the kids' bodies

Their mother, Sonya Katarina Spoon, is in custody, police say

Spoon has been in extreme "mental distress," the suspect's mother says

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Authorities say a Maryland woman suffocated her two kids, 1 and 3 years old, and then told a relative what she’d done.

Prince George’s County police accused 24-year-old Sonya Katarina Spoon of suffocating 1-year-old Ayden Spoon and 3-year-old Kayla Thompson over the weekend.

The children died at a hospital, authorities say.

Police say they found plastic bags near both of the kids.

Spoon gave police a detailed statement on how the children died, according to police.

She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail pending a court appearance, according to authorities.

Spoon has been dealing with a stressful custody issue and has been “under extreme psychological and mental distress,” said her mother, Paivi Spoon.

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